Aspen boys soccer kicks off homecoming |

Aspen boys soccer kicks off homecoming

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School boys soccer teams gathers with head coach Dave Francis before Tuesday afternoon's 10-0 victory over Grand Valley at Aspen School District Stadium. The Skiers played their final regular-season home match Tuesday afternoon.
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The Skiers kicked off homecoming week on the soccer pitch.

The Aspen High School boys soccer team started the homecoming sports schedule with a big win Tuesday afternoon over visiting Grand Valley.

The Skiers, who started with four consecutive rapid-fire goals from senior Joel Brice, rolled past winless Grand Valley 10-0 on a warm and sunny autumn afternoon in Aspen.

The Cardinals, who have struggled to field a full team this season, managed a squad for Tuesday’s homecoming match in Aspen, albeit with only two substitutes on the lonely Grand Valley sidelines.

Brice scored his first goal 12 minutes into the match after taking a pass from fellow senior Ramiro Perez.

Seven minutes later, Brice scored two goals in a 48-second span — assisted by sophomore Guillermo Flores on the first.

Nikko Wehse and John Heaphey added first-half goals as the Skiers built a 6-0 halftime lead in the Western Slope League match.

Aspen added a goal from Perez and goals from Wyatt Feagan and Heaphey in the second half.

Aspen improved to 9-4-0 overall with Tuesday afternoon’s homecoming victory. They AHS boys soccer team is 5-2-0 in league play.

They were coming off a 4-0 road win at Rifle last weekend — that coming after a 4-0 conference loss at Roaring Fork.

Grand Valley fell to 0-13, 0-8.

The Skiers, who played mostly JV players throughout the second half, will travel to Coal Ridge on Thursday for another key conference match.

Aspen will play at Palisade in a nonconference match next Tuesday, the final regular-season game for the Skiers.

State tennis

The regional champion Aspen High School boys tennis team will head to Pueblo this week for the Class 4A State Tennis Championships.

The Skiers won the title at the Class 4A Regionals last weekend in Grand Junction for the third consecutive year.

The Skiers are coached by Gary Quandt of the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club.

They will head to state led by No. 2 singles regional champ Henry Godfrey.

Three AHS boys doubles teams won regional titles — No. 1 doubles Dylan Behr and Gordon Carr, No. 3 doubles David Mondry and William Reagan, and No. 4 doubles Victor Dunn and Gage Carr. Dillon Leasure of Aspen finished second at regionals at No. 1 singles.

He’ll play at state along with the No. 2 doubles team of Andy Vernier and Cooper Helm.

The 10 Skiers who qualified will play in the Class 4A State Tennis Championships that open Thursday at Pueblo City Park.

The Skiers were seventh in the state tournament last year.

State play will continue through Oct. 5.

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